PADET Astoria Public Affairs
August 15, 2012
U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs
Contact: Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert
Office: (907) 428-4140
Mobile: (907) 227-9248
News Release - Coast Guard responds to vessel breaching whale exclusion zone
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard responded to a vessel breaching the 200-yard exclusion zone for whales near Orcas Island, Wash., Wednesday
Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a report from a witness claiming a 25-foot pleasure craft was within the 200-yard exclusion zone around a group of orcas near Orcas Island at approximately 5 p.m.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cuttyhunk was notified and responded to the scene where they found the vessel still within the exclusion zone approximately 20 minutes later. A boarding team was launched from the Cuttyhunk to inform the boat owner that they were too close to the whales. They also conducted a safety boarding of the vessel, and Coast Guard officials notified NOAA of the zone breach.
For more information regarding this case, please contact the Coast Guard Public Affairs office at 503-861-6237.
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